Business

By - 8/7/14 - 8:59 am

AsymmetRx Medical, an Acton company that holds a patent on an antibody used to diagnose prostate cancer, is suing Santa Cruz Biotechnology of Dallas on charges the Texas company offers a product that uses the same basic idea.

In its lawsuit, filed this week in US District Court in Boston, AsymmetRx, founded on the work of a Harvard researcher, says Santa Cruz started selling... Read more

By - 8/5/14 - 7:54 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the parent company of Rockland Trust is buying Peoples Federal Savings Bank, headquartered in Brighton Center.

While the move will make Rockland the third largest bank in Allston/Brighton, it will be only the fifth largest bank in West Roxbury, the Journal reports.

For Peoples Federal, the move means it will no longer be constrained by its name - two... Read more

By - 8/3/14 - 1:06 pm
Whole Foods yogurt cup

Label on a Whole Foods yogurt cup Knox says he bought last month.

A Brookline man who charges Whole Foods duped him into buying its 365 Everyday Value Plain Greek Yogurt by claiming it has far less sugar than it really does didn't just walk into his local Whole Foods demanding a refund - he filed a federal class-action lawsuit demanding the chain accurately label its yogurt and pay him, other purchasers and his lawyers millions of dollars... Read more

By - 8/3/14 - 12:44 pm

Two former employees of Papa Gino's allege the local chain avoided paying them overtime for work weeks that sometimes spanned 70 hours by classifying them as "managers" even though they weren't managers.

Jean Max Similien of Stoughton and Jay Jenks of Dedham filed what they hope will become a class-action suit last week in US District Court in Boston.

Similien said he worked for the... Read more

By - 8/2/14 - 12:28 pm
The Castlebar in Oak Square is no more, after 32 years in business

KWAPT shows us the scene at the Castlebar this morning.

By - 8/1/14 - 4:42 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday gave UrbanMeritage until October to find somebody to use the liquor license at the old Ciao Bella, 240A Newbury St., that previous owner Joseph Cimino had sat on for years as he tried finishing up what turned into a money pit of a renovation project that is still not done.

Separately, the board last week granted Restoration Hardware another... Read more

By - 8/1/14 - 3:33 pm

UPDATE: Dan Kennedy quotes a memo from Globe Editor Brian McGrory that the buyouts probably won't reduce headcount.

Boston Globe CEO Mike Sheehan sent out one of those rightsizing memos to his troops today - just as arts reporter Geoff Edgers leaves for the Washington Post and business reporter Erin Ailworth departs for the Wall Street Journal. Here's a copy:

Over the

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By - 7/30/14 - 1:59 pm

The City Council agreed today to hold a hearing on how to regulate Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services.

Councilors Bill Linehan - who proposed the hearing - and Steve Murphy said it was time for regulation to protect public safety and out of fairness to existing medallion owners, who are subject to scrutiny by the police hackney division.

Younger councilors who actually use the... Read more

By - 7/30/14 - 10:04 am
Jalapenos at a Market Basket

Chris Rich scanned the produce aisles at one of the three Market Baskets in Billerica today.

By - 7/28/14 - 7:30 pm

City Council President Bill Linehan says it's time to bring companies such as Uber and Lyft under the same sort of regulations already that taxi and pedicab operators already have to follow.

On Wednesday, the city council considers a request from Linehan for a hearing on how to give city regulators say in the operation of the new services:

All Taxis and Pedi-cabs in the

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By - 7/28/14 - 11:36 am

Eric Williams reports:

Multiple gas leaks shutting down Davis Square, businesses being evacuated one by one.

UPDATE: Williams reported at 11:48 that his Elm Street building was cleared for re-entry.

By - 7/26/14 - 9:58 pm

Local Web site (no, not the Globe style section) is seeking a blogger:

Special community for people who have earned a lot of money or been born into a wealthy family needs a blog ghostwriter. The focus of the community is providing psychological support for the problems money brings - family tensions, unfulfillable expectations, boredom, etc. To do this you must be intimately familiar

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By - 7/26/14 - 6:13 pm

Alexander Yershov says he never gave the newspaper permission to divulge any of his personal information, yet its Android app forwards all sorts of data about him to Adobe Systems.

So, of course, he is suing.

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Yershov wants to be name lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against USA Today - and is... Read more

By - 7/24/14 - 11:58 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the trustees of Harbor Towers have come out swinging against Donald Chiofaro's proposed towers next door, saying they're just too damn big:

Since modern urban planning began here in Boston in the early 1960s, it has been customary and an article of faith that we do not build huge skyscrapers and excessive density on our waterfront; the recent, professionally conducted Greenway District

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By - 7/24/14 - 9:56 am

A postal worker and Whole Foods are embroiled in a legal dispute over whether he tripped on a pumpkin stem at its Alewife Brook Parkway market or whether he stumbled over his own two feet as he was getting out of his truck.

Ronald Rossetti, a postal carrier, is suing Whole Foods for negligence in Middlesex Superior Court. He claims that while making a delivery... Read more

By - 7/22/14 - 11:02 am

It's easy to get confused on how to pronounce the chain's name. This video provides a handy tip.

H/t Spatch.

By - 7/22/14 - 10:34 am
Nighttime construction in Boston

John McLachlan watched some night construction at the old Herald/new Ink Block project.

Copyright John McLachlan. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 7/21/14 - 5:54 pm
Roche Bros. in West Roxbury

Roche Bros., owned by the same family since its founding in the 1950s, had full produce departments today - as shown in West Roxbury.

By - 7/21/14 - 9:07 am

Ernie Boch III provides the basic background (old timers may recall the name Maria Lopez). Back in 2006, Boston Magazine provided a detailed overview of the vicious fight that included clandestine blackmail sessions in Halifax, NS and left lawyers disbarred.

Even more, if you like schadenfreude.... Read more

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